Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Natural habitat

  • Legacy Lands

    Want to take a stroll along the Washougal River? Explore a trail not too many have seen? Get off the beaten path? See wildlife in its natural habitat? Clark County’s Legacy Lands program secures these spaces so residents can enjoy these wonders now, and for future generations.

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    Clark County’s diverse natural landscape is made up of broad river valleys, narrow creek canyons, wetlands, lakes, riparian zones, forests, mountains, meadows, foothills and farms. The Legacy Lands program protects these lands highly valued for habitat, scenic corridors, low-impact recreation and other qualities that enhance our local environment.

    The county has more than 5,000 acres of protected land. Many of these areas are open for public use while others provide critical habitat for protected species.

    Visit your local conservation properties for adventures close to home including hikes, horseback rides or picnics. We provide you a listing of properties, facilities and features to help plan for a one hour trek or an all-day adventure.

    Check out the Legacy Lands program

  • Demonstration gardens

     

    The Natural Gardens at Pacific Community Park provide an opportunity to view natural gardening techniques in action, see native plants in the landscape and take inspiration home to your own garden.

    Pacific Community Park is located at 1515 NE 164th Street in Vancouver, WA. The demonstration gardens are meant to show homeowners different ways to practice earth-friendly techniques at home.  Natural gardening reduces the use of synthetic chemicals in order to increase beneficial organism activity, enhances habitat and wildlife areas, and contributes to the overall health of the community. There are eight beautiful backyard examples that fit any yard size or preference.

    Pacific Community ParkEdibles and Herbs:   Naturally growing your own food puts you in control of what you put in your body and can also save money on grocery bills. Growing edibles, including varieties you might not find at the grocery store, promotes a healthier lifestyle by allowing you to eliminate harmful pesticides and enjoy fresh produce in season. Growing your own is not only more sustainable, but it can also be fun and rewarding! Brochure for Edibles and Herbs Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Wildlife Gardening:   Wildlife gardening refers to creating an environment that is inviting to various forms of local wildlife. These landscapes usually provide food, shelter and water for wildlife, and offer a mixture of meadow, woods and wet areas. By creating a garden that attracts stunning wildlife, you will be helping to restore habitat and biodiversity in commercial and residential areas. Wildlife gardens act both as a benefit to the wider environment and as a source of natural biological pest control in your garden. Brochure for Wildlife Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Pacific Community ParkBeneficial Insects and Compost:   Attracting beneficial insects to your yard will help naturally combat pests and encourage the pollination of plants. The addition of certain plants to your garden will help to attract a healthy population of these insects and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Compost can reduce the need for chemicals as well, as it is a great way to organically fertilize your plants and ward off weeds. Composting also decreases the amount of solid waste we produce, promotes healthy plant growth, and restores nutrients in the soil. Brochure for Compost and Insects Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Native Plants:   Native plants are adapted to our environment, so once established they are pest and disease-resistant and require little extra water and maintenance. Gardening with native plants helps to lower water bills and time commitments, as well as provide erosion and flooding control. Since they’ve spent thousands of years getting used to regional conditions, they will thrive without much care and contribute positively to the environment. Brochure for Native Plants Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Pacific Community ParkDog Friendly:   Creating a dog-friendly garden means using plants that are safe for your pet to ingest and building a landscape that accommodates its needs. Keep in mind that dogs require some shelter and space to run. Filling your yard with hearty plants that are also non-toxic to dogs is lower maintenance for you, and safer for your pet. Brochure for Dog-Friendly Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Lawn Alternatives:   Alternatives to a traditional lawn can create a more varied and productive landscape that does not require the same level of maintenance as grass turf. Decking, ornamental grasses, and various rocks are low maintenance choices that are practical and still aesthetically appealing. Consider your growing conditions and whether the area will need to tolerate foot traffic when selecting appropriate varieties. Brochure for Lawn Alternatives Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Xeriscaping:   Xeriscaping refers to gardening and landscaping which does not need additional watering. This self-sustaining yard option stays attractive year around and does not require supplemental irrigation. Xeriscaped yards can save money, and there is a variety of interesting plants that can be incorporated such as succulents, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses and rock garden plants. Brochure for Xeriscaping Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Pacific Community ParkRain Garden and Vegetated Bioswale:   In nature, soil and plants store, filter and release rain water into local waterways. You can model this natural process and reduce the amount of pollutants coming from your property by creating a rain garden. Reducing pollution, attracting wildlife, easing flooding, and helping to restore the aquifer are just some of the benefits from this eye-catching garden. Consider how water drains on your property when selecting the best location for a rain garden, and use a variety of plants that have appropriate water needs. Brochure for Rain Garden can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Clark County Public Health oversees this site and relies upon volunteers to assist with maintenance and improvements. If you'd like to help out, please email info@clarkgreenneighbors.org for more information.

    For even more ideas, visit the City of Vancouver's Backyard Wildlife Garden located at the Water Resources Education Center. You can discover many new ideas and see a lot of wildlife!

    You might also enjoy visiting the Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie. Naturescaping of Southwest Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer group dedicated to educating and encouraging homeowners to create wildlife sanctuaries in their own backyards.

  • Natural Garden Tour

    The Natural Garden Tour is a self-guided tour on a Sunday in July, offering a peek into 15 spectacular gardens that are maintained through natural gardening techniques. Meet the host gardeners and gather ideas to make your yard a beautiful and healthy garden. The 2017 Natural Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pick up or download a booklet to decide which gardens you would like to visit!

    Why Garden Naturally?
    Common chemicals kill many insects beneficial to the health of your garden and they compromise the garden’s ability to fight pests. By learning natural gardening techniques, you can minimize the use of chemicals to control diseases and pests. By removing chemicals from our management practices, we help to keep a healthy environment for pets and children, while also protecting local rivers and streams.

    Click here to look at the New 2017 Natural Garden Tour Booklet!

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